District 203 & Under Armour

At the District 203 board of education meeting, school officials presented plans for an apparel agreement between Naperville Central sports teams and Under Armour.

“We think it’s a good opportunity to see if this is the kind of agreement that can provide value to the program and provide some alternative revenue while giving those programs the ability to maintain consistent to their mission,” said Kaine Osburn, Deputy Superintendent of Schools.

The potential deal would provide Central with 40% off retail price on most Under Armour apparel, and other merchandise incentives, while giving them five years to fully convert to Under Armour products.

Some board members raised concern over the five year conversion deadline, wondering if new uniforms would be necessary for all sports within that timeframe.

However, no one had an issue with a new three-year contract that was approved between the District and NESPA, which represents 203 support staff.

“I would like to say that this is a contract that reflects the great contributions that NESPA and it’s members make to our kids every day, they’re important partners and an important part of the excellence that we have in this school district,” said Dan Bridges, Superintendent for District 203.

Salary increases, healthcare improvements and staff development opportunities are all a part of the approved contract.

 The board did not discuss any of their internal conflicts, but they do plan to have another closed session meeting with an Illinois Association of School Boards representative on September 21st.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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